Youths remanded on ‘seasonable’ thefts

Householders’ and a local tobacconist’s discovery of missing seasonable goods was heard at the Scarborough Police Court today, when three respectable youths were charged. The accused were remanded until pending further enquiries. The cases were heard in the Children’s Court, and on the bench was the Deputy Mayor (Cllr Rowntree) presiding, and Mr J Hall.

William Thomas Pickard (17), pork butcher’s assistant, 71, Hampton Road, Thomas Knaggs (14), errand boy, 20, Victoria Street, and Albert Eccles (15), errand boy, 10, Vine Street, were charged with breaking and entering a lock-up shop in Gladstone Road, and stealing 50 packets of Woodbine cigarettes, one packet of notepaper, and several boxes of matches to the value of 5s, the goods of Wm. Walter Overton, between the 20th and 23rd December.

They were further charged with breaking and entering the dwelling-house, 5, Victoria Street, and stealing one gold brooch, about 6lbs of plum cake, and other goods the value together of 17s, the goods of Hannah Dunning, on the 28th December, and further with breaking and entering the dwelling-house, 6, Trafalgar Street West, and stealing 4½lbs of plum cake, 3lbs of iced cake, a number of mince pies and jam tarts, one bottle of wine, and a number of apples and oranges of the value together of 11s 9d, the goods of Harold Oldridge, on the 28th December.

In applying for a remand, the Chief Constable said that the three defendants had been sleeping in an out-house behind 20, Victoria Street, since Christmas, and they had been breaking into these houses and stealing goods. All the articles had not yet been recovered.

Mrs Pickard said that her son had told her they had been sleeping in a respectable house. The other boys came to the house and played games, and seemed respectable.

The Chairman: That is all you troubled about?

Mrs Pickard replied that she had made enquiries and found the boys’ parents respectable. Continuing witness said they (the family) removed from Nottingham to Scarborough in August on account of the father’s health. He was an insurance agent, and on account of business reasons was unable to attend Court that morning.

Detective Inspector Nawton spoke as to Pickard (the eldest) in the presence of the other prisoners, admitting to him in the police office they had stolen the articles named in the charge.

Pickard admitted this statement.

The Chief Constable here said that Pickard’s father had told one of the police officers that he would have nothing to do with his boy. He was “best in.”

Mrs Pickard said that her husband had told her she could go and bail him out.

At this moment Mrs Eccles had to be removed from court, having fainted.

Questioned by the magistrates, Eccles said he formerly worked for Morelands, plumbers, but was dismissed on account of an accident.

He had borrowed for Mr Moreland a small cart from Messrs Ruddocks and when at the goods station the pony got away, and the shafts being broken, he received the blame.

The accused were remanded in custody.